James Madison University

2,568 reviews
  1. Harrisonburg, VA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
James Madison University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Colonial Athletic Association
Address
800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Website

James Madison University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
66%
SAT Range
1050-1230
ACT Range
25-27
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$14,772/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,154/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,063/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,951/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,090/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,334/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.152 responses
41%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.160 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.160 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,057Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 102 responses
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  • Friendly
    42%
  • Partier
    16%
  • Awesome.
    15%
  • Polite
    11%
  • Real
    8%
  • Chill
    6%
  • Driven
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.214 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.246 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 102 responses
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  • Friendliest place on Earth
    27%
  • Energetic
    15%
  • Happiest place on Earth
    15%
  • Pride
    14%
  • HUGE FAMILY
    13%
  • Party-town
    8%
  • The Disneyland of Colleges
    7%

After James Madison University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
82%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
92%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.110 responses

Reviews

2,568 reviews
  • Excellent
    531
  • Very Good
    1004
  • Average
    826
  • Poor
    139
  • Terrible
    68
Living on campus provides a great sense of community among the students. It lets new incoming freshmen become accustomed to building relationships with one another. The proximity to classes on campus make it convenient to arrive to classes on time. The best dorm on the JMU campus, in my opinion, is Skyline because it is one of the newest dorms on the campus. Although it is not located in the dead center of the campus, it is still very close to most of my classes. The longest walk to my class is approximately 10 minutes! The cost of attending the university is the one of the best-valued in the state of Virginia. Although, as a freshmen it is initially nerve-wracking to enter a new atmosphere with new people, JMU's campus is one of the most adaptable and friendly I have ever witnessed.
  • College Student
  • May 14 2015
I am applying for the Athletic Training program. This program is the reason I decided to come to JMU in the first place. I hadn't considered anything else. Of all the Athletic Training programs in Virginia, James Madison's is the best! They have a 100% BOC passing rate and it teaches you many things other colleges don't such as how to use the machines like E-Stim. This program, which only admits 18 people every spring semester, allows the students to work next to certified athletic trainers to assist with the athletes and it gives them a personal feel of the daily life of an athletic trainer, where students are allowed to treat athletes, monitor rehabilitation, take inventory, and help train students who desire to be in the program! I plan on being an Athletic Trainer for a profession football team. The only concerns I have is that there are not many of those positions available.
  • College Freshman
  • Apr 16 2014
JMU is a great place to be! The FOOD is so good, I cry tears of joy. Not only that, but there are so many memories that are made in the dining halls. Dining services is very active with the student body, something that many colleges don't have. Food is a BIG part of culture in the US, JMU does a fantastic job of honoring that culture and striving to create new traditions at the table. JMU is also the most beautiful college in the US. There is NOTHING like the Blue Ridge Mtns. Location, location, location! The views, the hiking, the rivers, the trains, it's practically indescribable. JMU is a MUST!
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago